Cathy Yan To Direct Harley Quinn and the Birds of Prey

Variety is reporting that Cathy Yan has been picked to direct a DC Comic spinoff movie centered on Harley Quinn with Margot Robbie reprising the role. The “girl gang” film will be based on the Birds of Prey comic.

Robbie’s LuckyChap is producing with Sue Kroll and Kroll & Co Entertainment as well as Bryan Unkeless of Clubhouse Picutres.

Yan is a former reporter for the Wall Street Journal and her debut film Dead Pigs was screened at Sundance. She’s the third female director for a DC film and the first Asian woman to helm a DC film. Patty Jenkins directed Wonder Woman and Ava DuVernay will direct New Gods which is in development.

The script is by Christina Hodson who was recently picked to write Batgirl.

The production is expected to start later this year as Robbie is expected to star in Quentin Tarantino’s Once Upon a Time in Hollywood. Suicide Squad 2 which will also feature Robbie is expected to begin production in 2018.